Good summer vibes wouldn’t be the same without great summer jams. Afro Nation recently announced Afro Nation Detroit, which is arriving this August 19-20, 2023. This popular music festival touching base in Detroit will be a first for the city! If anyone knows about music and legendary stars, it’s the city of Detroit, once home to Motown’s greatest. Music lovers will gather for a little bit of everything from Hip-Hop, R&B, Amapiano, Dancehall, to Reggae, and other African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American musical genres
Detroitisit rounded up a sunny 2023 Afro Nation Detroit playlist, highlighting what’s to come for this summer’s Afro Nation Detroit. Whether you can make it or not, you’ll have an array of tunes to soak up all summer.
WHAT IS AFRO NATION?
First, it’s helpful to know a little more about Afro Nation. Did you know that Afro Nation is the world’s biggest celebration of African music and entertainment? Their goal is to unite the African diaspora with exuberant events featuring music’s biggest stars. The month of June is also Black Music Appreciation Month, so it’s a wonderful time to explore and appreciate the historical timeline of various music genres.
The United States has been celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month in June since 1979. Expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees each day from around the globe, Afro Nation Detroit 2023 will feature additional activations and events to honor Detroit’s musical contributions to the world and highlight its connection to present-day American, African, and global Black culture and music.
Click HERE Detroit.afronation.com to sign up for updates on headliners, ticket options and additional festival information.
Damini Ogulo, also known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian artist, Afro singer, and songwriter. His popularity rose in Nigeria, which is where he relocated after growing up in South London. Detroit City is in for a treat with Afro Nation Detroit’s Music Festival 2023 lineup. Expect and welcome a fiery kickoff with Burna Boy as the headline. Join the hype on Saturday, August 19 on the main stage. Burna Boy will be bringing new hits. For this Detroit music playlist, check out Burna Boy’s latest celebratory single, “Sittin On Top Of The World” in honor of his upcoming international stadium tour.
Burna Boy won’t be alone, though! Be sure to check out Nigerian singer, Davido, who will also be headlining on Saturday. You won’t want to miss his effortlessly intriguing blends of traditional African elements with global mainstream pop. He’s had charting tracks and features from some classic modern favorites like Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown on his 2020 album A Better Time, which cracked the Billboard 200. Davido’s 2023 studio album, Timeless, is setting the tone for a hot summer. On this Afro Nation Detroit playlist, we’re adding “Unavailable ft. Musa Keys”, but there’s plenty more from Timeless! Click HERE to learn more about Davido.
This confident woman is also taking the stage with her impressive lyricism and R&B music. Courtney Shanade, known professionally as Ari Lennox, is an American R&B singer from Washington, D.C. Not to mention, she’s the first female to be signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records. The best way to get to know Ari Lennox’s talented work is to check out the music that got her where she is today! Enjoy some nostalgia with Ari Lennox FT. J. Cole-Butter Baby (From “Creed II: The Album”). Click HERE to learn more about Ari Lennox.
Get ready for some rap! Next up on this 2023 Afro Nation Detroit Playlist is Latto. Alyssa Michelle Stephens, professionally known as Latto or Big Latto is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. You could say she’s a winner in the rap game, considering her rise to success. She first appeared on Jermaine Dupri’s reality television series The Rap Game in 2016, where she was known as “Miss Mulatto” and won the show’s first season. However, she was destined to follow her own path and ended up rejecting the record deal offered as a result of winning the show. Enjoy Cardi B’s party collaboration remix of Latto’s recent single, “Put It on Da Floor Again”, which she debuted at Coachella.
Born as Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, this Nigerian singer and songwriter is better known as Kizz Daniel. He’s released several other hits since his debut single “Woju” that put his name on the map. Kizz Daniel has transformed over the years both literally and figuratively. Once known as Kiss Daniel, he then changed his stage name to Kizz Daniel in 2018. Feel inspired to travel this summer with his latest single, Shu-Peru.
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